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by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 63rd Southend Congress 19-22 April 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: 63rd Southend Congress 19-22 April 2019

Easter used to be very popular for longer events and Southend might be the only survivor! The Surrey Easter events got date clashed by e2e4 running Easter tournaments in Sunningdale or Crawley, but e2e4 no longer happens. Further afield there's the WECU Championships in Exmouth and the Welsh Champi...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1321

Re: One Hundred years celebration

The idea of the Chiltern League as a separate union was originally floated by a resident of one of the member counties, but not supported by any of the counties themselves. I don't think it was even raised for discussion at the Bucks AGM. The suggested reason for doing so was to enable teams to be ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 63rd Southend Congress 19-22 April 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: 63rd Southend Congress 19-22 April 2019

That's reassuring, I looked for the Open results the other day, and saw just six competitors, the winner receiving a last round bye. I assumed that the abundance of other Easter weekend events had taken its toll. (Presumably you had a much better entry to other sections?) That was the Rapidplay whi...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: One Hundred years celebration
Replies: 39
Views: 1321

Re: One Hundred years celebration

is likely to have the chance to play for his county in a prestige event. Is there really much prestige in the Counties Championship? If you have a weak team, it's just likely to be one match in the national stages where you are out graded. It's not the 4NCL where anyone with contacts, ambition and ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: The Irish International Open 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1318

Re: The Irish International Open 2019

I would have thought the fairest thing is to rate these games for the opponents as won by them, or treat them as wins by default (except for the win genuinely score by the GM against him). Under what may have been parallel circumstances, the ECF didn't submit the results of the player excluded for ...
by Roger de Coverly
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1636

Re: GRENKE Classic

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:05 pm

It has been a while since I looked up a tablebase position online - has that become more difficult now?
There's an App for Android phones. It's called Lomonosov Tablebases and has the 7 man positions.
by Roger de Coverly
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2814
Views: 300730

Re: Media comments on chess

His son mentions his dad was a good chess player and after Hastings (no year given) Bronstein played a simul v Cambridge University Chess Club P.25 W.19. D.5 L.1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_J._Thouless That gives his year of birth as 1934, so it's likely to have been Bronstein's "Alexander...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Keith Arkell wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:43 pm
( a chap called Hjartarson, whom I've never played or seen before ) was apparently world number 11 in January 1989,there were, in that same rating list, three English players rated ahead of him!
Short, Speelman and Nunn if I've remembered correctly.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Here we go again Presumably the Grenke organisers or arbiters aren't prepared to use the "no pair" flag. Whatever the ECU General Assembly might think about (a), there are only three resolutions. (a) continue to use the no pairing flag (b) exclude players from Israel if you allow players from Iran ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

But how curious that they have been neglected. Back in the early days of databases, twenty five to thirty years ago, there was a considerable effort put in to input complete tournaments from original bulletins. I don't think anyone went systematically through older magazines, archiving the games pu...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

But I'd want a game score even more. BCM November 1967 All four games are there, with annotations by the two winners. Gulko-Whiteley 0-1 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e3 b5 7. a4 Bb4 8. Nd2 Bb7 9. axb5 Bxc3 10. bxc3 cxb5 11. Qb1 a6 12. e4 Qc7 13. Be2 0-0 14. 0-0 Nc6 15. Qc2 ...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?

You think that the Board might want to get rid of the three-free-games allowance? I doubt that (and I don't think Council would approve it). I'm sure there's a belief in some quarters that it should be compulsory to be an ECF member to play serious chess, but perhaps they don't want to risk putting...
by Roger de Coverly
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: Where will the increases in membership numbers come from?

So where will the increases in membership numbers come from? Are there new leagues, congresses and internal club tournaments? Are there events which haven’t previously been graded but which now will be? That seems unlikely. Is it not simply the ECF feeling able to roll out the proposition that you ...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 3168

Re: April Council meeting 2019

They were not. According to http://www.chessdom.com/43rd-chess-olympiad-in-batumi-georgia/ The dress code will apply: Teams are requested to wear uniforms with two options: either trouser suits or blazers with trousers/skirts with federation logo on jackets or track suits with country clearly shown...
by Roger de Coverly
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3029

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Why did Gawain play 37.Qb2 dropping the c4 pawn, rather than simply 37.QxQ and an equal ending? I'd imagine he was looking for active counterplay. The chessbomb stockfish seems to think his opponent was winning until very near the end, but if analysing without a tablebase it may be incorrectly repo...